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Watch carefully. Aim to reproduce what the teacher is doing. Avoid improvisation, alteration or over-thinking.
Pay full attention:
Look at the person talking to you
Listen to what they are saying
Avoid talking or thinking of questions to ask
Do not fidget; relax your hands
Relax your feet
Be patient. Listen closely,
follow instructions and
practice. Understanding requires
experience and context.
Gain familiarity by doing tai chi at home. Think about what you explored in class. Deepen your knowledge by reading our website.
The student has nothing to
offer but an absolute willingness to follow the teacher's instructions and
direction without question or comments or personal improvisation.
It is tempting to try and understand everything all at once. And absurd. Sifu Waller has been training for decades; no one can hope to gain that level of skill quickly.
Aim to progress methodically and gradually.
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18 April 1995
Last updated 29 August 2019